Investing in Innovation (i3)
Federal i3 Overview
The federal i3 grant program awards funds to applicants with a record of improving student achievement and attainment in order to expand the implementation of, and investment in, innovative practices that are demonstrated to have an impact on improving student achievement or student growth, closing achievement gaps, decreasing dropout rates, increasing high school graduation rates, or increasing college enrollment and completion rates.
These grants allow awardees to expand and develop innovative practices that can serve as models of best practices, allow awardees to work in partnership with the private sector and the philanthropic community, and identify and document best practices that can be shared and taken to scale based on demonstrated success.
A4KY/The Berea College i3 Initiative
Partnering with AdvanceKentucky, A4KY works to increase rigorous
learning in select Kentucky counties. The program focuses on–
Advanced Placement (AP) access, enrollment, and test scores as a
measure of rigor within schools.
The APTIP model (pictured below) has been demonstrated to increase
access to and accelerate learning in Kentucky math, science and English (MSE) courses, particularly with underrepresented populations.
i3 serves 4,159 students in 6th-12th grades in three southeastern Kentucky counties: Clay County, Jackson County and Knox County. The program also provides training for more than 130 middle and high school teachers in the service region.